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Building Colleges for the Future Programme

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of Building Colleges for the Future funding applications which (a) involve land sales and (b) are part of local regeneration programmes. (273068)

Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many projects that had been approved in principle under the Building Colleges for the Future programme will receive funds from the £300 million allocated to the programme in the 2009 Budget. (274040)

Budget 2009 announced that an additional £300 million of capital funding will be made available in the current spending round and will allow a limited number of projects to start within this spending review period. Capital investment between 2007-08 and 2010-11 will total £2.6 billion on top of the £2 billion invested between 1997-98 and 2007-08.

It is not possible to say the exact number of, or the names of the specific projects, that will be funded as the selection of projects will be based on objective criteria that the LSC is developing in consultation with the sector. The LSC plan to confirm which projects will be taken forward during this spending review period at the beginning of the summer.